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5.0 out of 5 stars Thule Backpac 4 cycle carrier
I've used this fitted on 2 different cars/MPVs (using adaptor kits) and extended it with the extra bike adaptors to carry 4 bikes. You can even use it to carry loads on not just bikes. It was also the best way to tow a caravan at the same time without adding towbar noseweight and still use a roofbox plus 1 bike on the roofbars! Very robust, strong and quick and easy to...
Published on 21 Mar 2011 by R. Smith

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1.0 out of 5 stars Disapointed
I ordered this along with the fitting kit and 3rd/4th bike kit to go on a Renault Traffic. I had to return the first one as half the fitting where missing. Given the weight of the product, the packing is totaly inadequate. This was returned and a replacement promply sent. Started putting together to carrier had two big issues;

The bottom bar partly obscured...
Published on 11 Sep 2011 by S's of Malvern


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5.0 out of 5 stars Thule Backpac 4 cycle carrier, 21 Mar 2011
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This review is from: Thule Backpac 973 (Automotive)
I've used this fitted on 2 different cars/MPVs (using adaptor kits) and extended it with the extra bike adaptors to carry 4 bikes. You can even use it to carry loads on not just bikes. It was also the best way to tow a caravan at the same time without adding towbar noseweight and still use a roofbox plus 1 bike on the roofbars! Very robust, strong and quick and easy to fit and remove. Be aware that loading the bikes isn't a quick and easy job but I found it easier and less 'risky' than roof mounting the bikes and more fuel efficient. A few dry runs of which bikes to go where soon sorted the job. If you're strong, you can even lift the boot with the bikes loaded. An added bonus is your car lights and reg plate aren't obscured so no lightboard required or bother with the police. It's TUV approved and uses metal straps and nut/bolt fixings rather than canvas straps. The laws in most EU countries forbid the use of these strap/hang on carriers, get a large fine off the ferry to find out! Check the fitment guide to see if it fits and how many bikes you can carry.
It was an excellent purchase for me and a 5 star item just because I've tried everything else and this was the most versatile.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High quality, but has a "learning curve", 11 Oct 2011
This review is from: Thule Backpac 973 (Automotive)
Bought this for an Octavia estate (ie appropriate adapter - you always need an adapter so factor it into costing). I wanted to get a nice, low, towbar carrier but couldn't justify the cost of fitting a towbar just for cycles. On the other hand I wanted to be legal and mount the bikes securely above the numberplate...

1. Packaging - seemed fine to me (obviously the carrier is designed to be picked up from a shop, so your Amazon packaging on top is crucial for protecting the carrier in transit). The adapter of course ships in a separate box.

2. Assembly. OK, not for those who hate self-assembly furniture, but it's pretty straightforward and the only skill involved is guessing what some of the clever graphics are meant to mean... is that 5 holes from the bottom or 5 holes from the add-on part, for example. Having said that I have to confess to have got the parts the wrong way round a few times as I assembled it...

3. Instructions. Overall, very good. The odd ambiguity (and lack of checkpoints - how to tell you got it right) makes this a 4star review, but frankly its not a big deal. The only other thing to bear in mind is that the instructions play it safe regarding height of bikes above the numberplate. But your goal is to have the bikes not too high to avoid having to raise them too high on loading, and avoid having too much bike in the slipstream. So having finally assembled mine and used it once, I took it apart at the bottom to adjust where the bottom rack was located and refitted.

4. Loading bikes. Pretty good. You might need to experiment the order of your bikes and the order of the topclamps - in some scenarios the bike crossframe can blank the frame holder for the bike behind it. But the frame support clamps are pretty flexible (ie clamp to an upright) and in fact pretty clever too.

5. Driving. Mpg went from an indicated 44 to 32 with legal limit driving due to the added wind resistance and weight. Adjustable headlights a must as I changed mine quite a few degrees with 3 bikes on the back. Otherwise no issues.

6. Accessories: 3rd bike kit - easy to add on, recommended. Screw-on crossframes for ladies bikes etc - not needed, waste of time. Frame lock - neat idea, simple and effective, recommended.

7. Durability. Tubes seem powdercoated but will be interesting to see if the inevitable scratches etc start to rust. Too new to tell but it looks good quality.

Overall: recommended; expensive but secure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars thule backpac 973, 19 Feb 2014
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first class product , difficult to put on
van at first attempt but now the backpac
is set it takes only a couple of minutes
Quality item
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disapointed, 11 Sep 2011
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I ordered this along with the fitting kit and 3rd/4th bike kit to go on a Renault Traffic. I had to return the first one as half the fitting where missing. Given the weight of the product, the packing is totaly inadequate. This was returned and a replacement promply sent. Started putting together to carrier had two big issues;

The bottom bar partly obscured the number plate

The rack came preset up for two bikes. The bolts holding the wheel rails where that tight they had deformed the tubing so much that it could not be adjusted to fit the 3rd and 4th rail. I was expecting better from Thule.

The rack has gone back.
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